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May 07, 2012

U.S., China seen handling Chen flap well


Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said Sunday the United States and China were handling the fate of a Chinese dissident as well as possible.

Brzezinski told CBS' "Face the Nation" the fact the two governments were actively working out a deal over Chen Guangcheng was an accomplishment in itself.

Chen showed up unannounced at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing seeking sanctuary after escaping from house arrest. His escape came as the United States was preparing for high-level meetings in China and was complicated by his initial refusal to ask for political asylum in the United States.

"It was messy, it was unpredictable," Brzezinski said. "My guess is he was really shaken up, uncertain, changing his mind."

"So all in all, I think both the sides, the Chinese as and us, handled it reasonably well," Brzezinski said, adding that such Sino-American diplomatic cooperation might not have been possible in the past.

Brzezinski, who was national security adviser for President Carter, said he considered the Obama administration as successful in the foreign policy arena.

"I would be (grading) higher if he had moved more decisively on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process because he had a chance to do so, but admittedly, he was overwhelmed by domestic problems," Brzezinski said. "But he has set in motion a reconnection with Europe. He has kept the American-Chinese relationship unfolding and in balance. He's trying intelligently to disengage from Afghanistan. And he's exploring the possibilities of the more stable relationship with Russia."

Comments :

Hakan


03/28/2014
I don't think Obama has been 'deluded' into anything. He splimy realized that 100% supporting of israel, like bush did, doesn't bring anything positive, especially not peace in the middle east. Neither do wars (like iraq or gaza). So he moved into a status quo and finally started to talk to arab world. he told islam is not the enemy of america. and he told israel will - just like palestinians - have to do some unpopular steps (like ending the occupation, removing illegal settlements etc.) to reach the peace. he is smarter and more objective than previous presidents.

Linda


03/28/2014
Sigh. As it was then, so it is now. President Obama has been deluded into tkinhing that he can bring "Peace" by negotiating for the Arab states. I wondered how he came to that disastrous conclusionThe last time an American president had stepped in to negotiate for the Arab states the result was peace with Egypt. From your use of words such as deluded and disastrous I take it you think the peace was a mistake?

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